Assistant Professor of History
Director of Digital Humanities
- HIS310 Near Eastern and Greek Civilizations
- HIS311 Roman Civilization
- HIS312 Medieval Europe
- DIG200 Intro to Digital Humanities
- DIG310 Advanced Digital Humanities
- GES130 Christianity and Western Culture
- GES463P Masculinity Past and Present
B.A., Concordia College (MN)
M.A., M.Phil., PhD, Syracuse University
Get to Know Prof. Goldberg
If you were invited to write a biography about someone from the past, who would you choose?
Some day I’d like to write a comparative biography of the ancient Roman politicians Cato the Elder and Scipio Aemilianus, who lived overlapping lives but had very different perspectives on power, philosophy, and masculinity in the era when ancient Rome grew to become dominant in the ancient Mediterranean.
Beyond our department… Tell us about another member of the Bethel faculty whom you especially admire.
I admire the way that Gary Long in Biblical & Theological Studies is able to explore differing interpretations of Scripture with students in a way that’s sensitive to believers from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
What book in the Bible have you read most often in your life? What keeps bringing you back to it?
John. As a kid I was always drawn simply to how it differed from the other gospels. As a scholar, I’ve remained interested in how those differences reflect important cultural aspects of the Greco-Roman world in which the early church grew.
What’s your favorite dish or meal to prepare?
I make the best roast chicken in the world, and I’ll gladly prove it to you if you come over for dinner.
If we asked the people who know you best to describe you, which three adjectives would they be most likely to use?
Sensitive. Considerate. Curious.